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Young Warriors eye semis spot


Young Warriors need to beat Swaziland on Wednesday in the Metropolitan Cosafa Under-20 soccer championships to ensure a place in the semi-finals of the competition.

The game starts at 1700hrs in Molepolole, Gaborone.

Taurai Mangwiro’s charges hammered the hosts Botswana 3-0 in the opening match last Friday with goals coming from Lincoln Zvasiya, captain Simba Sithole and Denver Mukamba and will be looking at building from that victory.

Kudakwashe Mahachi was the man of the match.
Swaziland, on the other hand, need to win this match to keep in contention for a place in the semis.

The side is led by coach Caleb Ngwenya and has not seen all that much action of late, losing 2-0 to hosts South Africa earlier in the year in the final of the Human Rights Four Nations Soccer Tournament.

Before that they had defeated ever-improving Lesotho 2-1 in the semi-finals, in what should be a morale-boosting win for the side especially as they beat Lesotho again in July, this time via a 2-0 scoreline.

But coach Ngwenya believes there still needs to be improvement from his charges.

The team did not take part in the 2011 African Youth Championships qualifiers though, and so have been robbed of a vital opportunity to pit themselves against other top nations in order to give their players the benefit of experience in top-level football in the age-group.

Last year’s Metropolitan Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championships saw them lose both pool matches, 2-0 to Madagascar and 2-1 to Mozambique, and Ngwenya will be looking for an improvement on that showing this time round.

Zimbabwe have had their fair share of top players come through the tournament. Current rising stars Tafadzwa Rusike and Khama Billiat, both plying their trade at Ajax Cape Town, have been recent participants, while Free State Stars striker Kingston Nkatha was a goal-scorer in the 2004 tournament.

But perhaps the most exciting graduate of the Metropolitan Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championships, certainly in recent times, has been Zimbabwe striker Knowledge Musona, who plays for Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa.

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